Polanco and Court don’t spoil surprise
The trainer-jockey combination of Marcelo Polanco and Jon Court continued its longshot roll on Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Following upset wins by 58-1 shot A Stare And Me on Wednesday and Asian Eyes, who paid $27.80 when breaking her maiden on Thursday, Sailors Sunset, a 13-1 shot, led throughout to win the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood. The surprising win helped trigger a pick six carry-over of $169,348.
Owned by breeder Jeff Neilsen’s Everest Stables Inc., the 3-year-old Petionville gelding was never seriously menaced en route to a 1 3/4 -length win in the Grade III over 11-10 favorite Siren Lure and three others.
The longest shot in the field reduced by the scratch of Zanzibar on Saturday morning, Sailors Sunset won for the fourth time in his last five starts. He had upset heavily favored Smokey Stover in the Saguaro on Nov. 4 at Turf Paradise and also had won the Foothill at Fairplex Park by 11 1/4 lengths on Sept. 8.
In the process of winning for the fifth time in 13 lifetime races, Sailors Sunset broke the three-day-old Cushion track record for six furlongs, running the distance in 1:07.79 after Souvenir Evening had won in 1:08.16 on Wednesday.
Siren Lure, the 126-pound highweight who had his three prior starts on the Hollywood Park main track, finished three lengths clear of Declan’s Moon, the 5-2 second choice who lost his third in a row after winning the first five starts of his career, then came Turnbolt and Premium Saltine.
“He took to the track today like he owned it,” Court said. “He found another gear around the sixteenth pole. He always runs hard and gives it his best effort.”
Jockey Manoel Cruz won two of the four stakes at Calder.
The rider won the $100,000 What A Pleasure with 6-1 shot Drums Of Thunder and the $100,000 My Charmer with Amorama, a 5-year-old Sri Pekan mare trained by Bobby Frankel for owner Frank Stronach.
In the other two stakes, Meditations, a 7-2 shot ridden by Rene Douglas, rolled to a 10 3/4 -length win over six other 2-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Three Ring and Ballast, the 7-2 shot, took the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap under jockey Rafael Bejarano.
Trainer Gary Contessa and trainer Ramon Dominguez swept the two stakes at Aqueduct, winning the $67,250 Coyote Lakes with Successful Affair and the $66,575 Garland Of Roses with Magnolia Jackson.
The win was the ninth in 14 starts for Magnolia Jackson, a 4-year-old Cape Canaveral filly owned by Ted Taylor. The even-money favorite, who is now four for five on Aqueduct’s inner track, won by two lengths and ran the six furlongs in 1:11.85.
Successful Affair, a 4-year-old Successful Appeal gelding, won for the third time in a row since being claimed by Contessa for owner Winning Move Stable for $16,000 on Oct. 19.
In addition to the stakes, Dominguez won two other races on the program.